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“Closed Curtain” Filmmakers Banned from Leaving Iran

Closed Curtain co-director Kamboziya Partovi and actress Maryam Moghadam traveled to the Berlin Film Festival for the World Premiere of their film, which won a Silver Bear for filmmaker Jafar Panahi. Now, like Panahi, both face restrictions back home.

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Iranian Government Blasts Berlinale For Panahi Win

An Iranian official took aim at the Berlin International Film Festival for giving a prize to dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi's Closed Curtain at the events recent awards ceremony. The film screened at the festival "illegally."

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Romanian Film Wins Top Prize In Berlin

The best picture prize at the Berlinale went to Romanian family drama Child's Pose as the film's producer seized the spotlight to call for more support of internation art house cinema.

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Juliette Binoche and Jafar Panahi Break Out in Berlin image

Juliette Binoche and Jafar Panahi Break Out in Berlin

Mid-week at the Berlinale, dissident Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi defied his 20-year filmmaking ban (again) with the premiere of Closed Curtain, while French actress Juliette Binoche battled an incarceration of her own as persecuted sculptress Camille Claudel.

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Festival Diary: “Before Midnight” After Sundance

Three weeks after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the latest from Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke delighted audiences in Berlin, while competition dramas Layla Fourie and A Child's Pose explored the fallout of hit and runs.

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Festival Diary: “Gloria” In Excelsis Deo

France's The Nun and Chile's Gloria won praise in Berlin on Sunday, while footage from Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac was screened for a select crowd of buyers and Canada's Vic + Flo ont vu un ours took its bow as the country held its annual party at its embassy.

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Festival Diary: The Shot Heard Round Berlin

Friday's screening of David M. Rosenthal's A Single Shot had Berlinale insiders buzzing, while Saturday's premieres included two European standouts that took inspiration (of sorts) from American Westerns: Boris Khlebnikov's A Long Happy Life and Thomas Arslan's Gold starring Nina Hoss.

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Festival Diary: Fracking, Porn, and Teen Diet Camps Hit Berlin image

Festival Diary: Fracking, Porn, and Teen Diet Camps Hit Berlin

Joseph Gordon Levitt charmed audiences with his directorial debut Don Jon's Addiction starring Scarlett Johansson, while non-stars and improvisation ruled the day in Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's trilogy finale Paradise: Hope at the Berlinale on Friday.

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The Fate of “The Grandmaster”, Trailerpalooza

The Weinstein Company picks up Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster after its World Premiere in Berlin, SXSW's shorts and Midnighters lineup announced, and a whole mess of new trailers in our FilmLinc Digest.

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Festival Diary: Wong Kar-Wai Unleashes “The Grandmaster” in Berlin image

Festival Diary: Wong Kar-Wai Unleashes “The Grandmaster” in Berlin

The director discussed his highly anticipated new kung fu film, which will open the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival tonight, at a press conference alongside stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi. Wong is also serving as the jury president at this year's festival.

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